|Sunset 12/27/2020 final night in Pelican Bay
We have been docked in Fort Myers Yacht Basin since Monday 12/28/2020 and in true marina life fashion, my time management skills slid sideways! So back to the high points:
|Headed to Ft. Myers! A little windy on 12/28/2020
After 6 days at anchor and 4 consecutive days weathered on the boat we pulled anchor at 7:56am and departed Pelican Bay at Cayo Costa State Park. It felt great to be moving again and we were really excited to get on solid ground for a little while!
As we neared closer to our destination we detoured to Fort Myers Beach and dropped off the props for repair and tuning. Easy in & out, they will call when the job is done. YAY!!
So by 2:37pm we were safely tied to the dock at Fort Myers Yacht Basin. AND greeted by Scott & Karen formerly of Last Call and currently cruising on DunRunnin!! So fabulous to see familiar faces and spend a little time with Loop #1 family!! Always a good time with great folks! And surprise…dinner onboard their boat!! They have the gift of hospitality and we’re tickled to be part of their “isolation circle”!!
|Full Moon Rising over Ft Myers 12/29/2020
I know it’s a surprise to think what I did on Tuesday…laundry!! And lots of it! And it was so much fun…I saw other Loop #1 loopers – and Tango Papa has changed boats too! But they’re still the same great folks! Then I walked past another familiar boat – Magic!! Loop #1 family has migrated to Fort Myers!! Everyone maintains their distance – we miss our hugs – but the conversation picks up right where it left off! So good to see other faces!!!
Fast forward to the afternoon…Ben & Chantale from At Ease reached out from another marina!! Yes, a little time with Loop #2 family…yippee!! We spent the afternoon/evening walking the downtown streets of Ft. Myers. The crowds were minimal – all outdoor seating available – and in true looper fashion…we picked up right where we left off!!! I’ve missed them too…fun people who like to laugh!!
A fun day on land, hair appt (long overdue), boat chores, walk to Publix; the typical glamorous life of a boater. Crowds seem to be increasing for the holiday weekend so we will stay in the marina & take our walks earlier in the day. That’s ok…did I mention it’s breezy, sunny and highs in the upper 70’s to mid 80’s?? So I have ZERO to complain about…
|It's still Christmas in Ft. Myers
|Final Sunrise of 2020 as seen from the aft deck on The Lower Place
New Year’s Eve and the welcome mat was rolled out in Ft. Myers!! I walked downtown early (8:00am) and the vehicle traffic was already heavy. When I decided to turn around and find the Farmer Market (a far different route) the foot traffic was really picking up. But I found the Farmer’s Market and Karen (DunRunnin) joined me for some outdoor shopping. It was small but we found everything we were looking for – and a few things we didn’t know we “needed”!! So our big New Year's Eve celebration will consist of staying in the marina but sharing dinner with Scott & Karen then playing domino’s or cards until it gets dark. Ha HA!! We will leave 2020 in hindsight (pun intended) and greet 2021 at a respectable hour after sunrise!!
If nothing else has been learned this year, I think we can all agree that kindness is key, patience pays off and love always wins. Let’s take our 2020 lessons, learn from them and resolve to make 2021 better-to best of our own individual abilities. And don’t forget to pull out that new calendar you got for Christmas!! Paper calendars are still available…and I use one!!
Stay Healthy and God BlessCrazy picture of the day:
|It's a thing!!